Two San Antonio lawmakers are calling for the passage of an anti-bullying law named in honor of David Bartlett Molak, a 16-year-old Alamo Heights High School student who one year ago committed suicide after being bullied by classmates on social media over his physical appearance.
To mark the first anniversary of Molak’s passing, State Senator Jose Menendez and State Representative Ina Minjarez are asking Texas families to contact their state senators and representatives and tell them to support the passage of David’s Law which they filed on November 14 for consideration in the Texas Senate (SB179) and House (HB306) .
“Today is a somber day for the Molak Family and our hearts go out to them and any family who has lost a loved one to cyberbullying,” Menendez said in a statement. “We need to honor David’s legacy by protecting our children from online harassment. Cyberbullying is a crisis in Texas and across the nation. Families need our help. Passing David’s Law is one of the most important issues facing this legislature when it gavels in on January 10th. The legislature needs to hear from Texas families on this critical issue.”
Minjarez offered a similar sentiment. “On this day, we remember the anniversary of David Molak’s death. I stand in support with many of my House colleagues on tackling this social issue. David’s Law is the bill I will be prioritizing this legislative session. Although no words can really help to ease the loss they bear, my thoughts and prayers are with the Molak family, as well as with all the families who have suffered a great loss due to cyber bullying.”
David’s Law would make electronically harassing or bullying anyone under the age of 18 through text messages, social media, websites or apps a misdemeanor.
“David’s Law will empower school administrators and law enforcement to go after and reprimand the bullies who prey on students, while focusing on rehabilitation. David’s Law will prevent and combat bullying in schools through several measures,” Menendez told Out In SA in an interview.
Use this link for information on how to contact your state senator and representative regarding David’s Law.